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by: PHOTOS ©2006 JOHN KLICKER, The Do Jump performers will go head over heels to make a lasting holiday impression.



'Our Daily Bread' (NR)

Forget the endless verbiage - German director Nikolaus Geyrhalter uses the cinematic eye to get to the heart of modern food production.

The landscape of growing plants becomes a geometric pattern, organized to fit the needs of mechanical harvesting. Fluffy yellow chicks are spit out of tubes, and adult animals are parted out and packaged, like an assembly line in reverse.

This is a meditative film that leaves

conclusions up to the viewer, but if you're doing dinner and a movie, consider a vegetarian restaurant.

- Anne Marie DiStefano

7 p.m. and 9 p.m. daily, through Dec. 21, Clinton Street Theater, 2522 S.E. Clinton St., 503-238-8899, $6


Handel's 'Messiah' and the Bach 'Magnificat'

The vocal chamber ensemble Cappella Romana teams with the Portland Baroque Orchestra for the first time

Two performances offer the complete Messiah oratorio (Dec. 16-17), while a second program features highlights along with the Bach work.

- Eric Bartels

7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 15-16, First Baptist Church, 909 S.W. 11th Ave.; 3 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17-18, Lewis and Clark College, Agnes Flanagan Chapel, 0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road, 503-222-6000, 1-800-494-8497, $18-$48



Do Jump

The company that for 30 years has treated audiences to a thrilling concoction of music, dance and high-wire acrobatics drops an all-new production into its popular holiday show.

Artistic Director Robin Lane's 'At Such a Dizzy Height' honors painter Marc Chagall and his goal of 'keeping awake the sense of wonder.'

- EB

7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday (no show Dec. 24), 7:30 Tuesday-Thursday, through Dec. 29, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, 503-231-1232, www.dojump.org, $20-$26



Singer-songwriter Fernando has truly hit his stride with 'Enter to Exit,' the album he recently released on local label In Music We Trust.

Haunting tunes like 'Mariana,' 'One Trick Pony,' 'The Devil's in the Sky' and 'Waiting' perfectly showcase Fernando's voice, a gorgeous and expressive instrument that acutely conveys longing, loss and resignation.

While there's a dark undercurrent that runs through the album, jaunty numbers like 'Reluctant Deity' and 'From Now On' keep things lively and varied.

Chanteuse Michael Jodell, who provided backing vocals on the record, opens the show, with the energetic and entertaining Prids in the middle.

- Barbara Mitchell

9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, Dante's, 1 S.W. Third Ave., 503-226-6630, $8



Yuletide Spectacular

The Oregon Symphony's Yuletide Spectacular, conducted by John Morris Russell, brings Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' to life in a family show filled with holiday music, sparkly costumes and festive scenery.

- Suzie Ridgway

3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16-18, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, 503-228-1353, www.orsymphony.org, $25-$82; also available through Ticketmaster (503-224-4400, www.ticketmaster.com), subject to service charges


'And Then There Were None'

A deserted isle is the setting for Agatha Christie's classic whodunit, from a 1939 novel.

Bibi Walton directs the Northwest Classical Theatre Company production.

- EB

7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, and 7 p.m. Thursday, through Jan. 14, Shoe Box Theater, 2110 S.E. 10th Ave., 503-262-5503, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., $12-$18